EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Superclocked Review
Last week, NVIDIA released their GTX 670, a card that proved to be a surprise from a number of perspectives. In some cases it traded blows with the HD 7970 and even came close to the performance of a GTX 680, while consuming significantly less power. It wasn’t all perfect though. Our reference GTX 670’s heatsink had some quality issues which resulted in slightly elevated temperatures and limited overclocking headroom.
At $399, the GTX 670 is understandably a very, very popular solution for anyone looking for high performance without spending a small fortune and when overclocked, it can play at the same table as a more expensive card. As usual EVGA came straight out of the gate with a whole top to bottom GTX 670 lineup which featured something for everyone. There are reference cards, highly overclocked SKUs and even some that come equipped with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. For today’s review, we’ll start at the ground floor so to speak with the EVGA GTX 670 2GB Superclocked.
As one may expect, the Superclocked (or SC in our chart above) card uses slightly higher clock speeds in order to differentiate itself from the competition. The default clock, Boost and memory all get increases but don’t expect GTX 680-like performance since this is after all "only" the SC model. If you want higher framerates, look no further than the GTX 670 FTW but expect to pay substantially more than the Superclocked’s $419 asking price.
Like many of EVGA’s current lineup, this card comes with a 3 year warranty, which can be upgraded to longer term coverage for a price. Step Up and Advanced RMA are also options that are added once the card is registered. However, one has to remember that EVGA now has a revised warranty which allows for coverage transfers between different owners of the same card. So once you sell this card used, it will retain its original warranty, thus ensuring you can get a premium for it.
Throughout testing, our card routinely hit 1125MHz through the use of GPU Boost. This actually represents a good 10% increase over what we saw in our first GTX 670 review.
Even though it may retain most of the reference design, EVGA has decided to go a slightly different route with this card. It uses a custom heatsink shroud which is about 9 ˝” long and has more than enough room for EVGA’s subtle branding message. The fan opening is also smaller than on the reference design but this shouldn’t have a negative effect upon the heat signature since the Superclocked incorporates a surprise that should actually work towards lowering temperatures, thus increasing Boost potential.
The power connector layout remains the same as well with a pair of 6-pins being utilized and this should provide more than enough current for overclocking as well.
EVGA has incorporated their High Airflow bracket onto the Superclocked. This is supposed to help decrease temperatures by allowing more heat to escape from under the shroud. The connectors remain at the reference layout with two DVIs, a DisplayPort and a HDMI 1.4a.
EVGA may have made some changes along the way but they’ve decided to use the standard, ultra short PCB and a plastic extension for the fan housing.
Previously, we hinted at some hidden surprises on the GTX 670 Superclocked, one of which was the high airflow bracket and here is another. Unsatisfied with the reference heatsink, EVGA has expanded its reach and thermal mass by about 25% through the addition of a fin overhang over the PWM area. In addition, the shoddy quality of our initial sample is a thing of the past. This layout should allow for decreased temperatures and as we saw above, helps Boost speeds reach higher levels as well.
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